‘Star Wars VII’ Roundup: New Working Subtitle, Mock-up Poster, & ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Connection to Episode VII
As on set production gears up for J.J. Abrams‘ Star Wars: Episode VII, fans and the media alike, are digging tunnels, snapping on telephoto lenses, wire tapping phone lines, digging through trash, and any other whacked out thing that might just uncover some nugget of Star Wars Episode VII news that hasn’t been officially announced. If that doesn’t work, some are just make some thing up and calling it an Internet rumor. Let’s look at the latest batch.
First off, one of the biggest questions fans have after “Who the hell is in the new trilogy?” is, “What the hell will the full title be?”
Well, the latest Star Wars VII subtitle tidbit floating around in those Al Gore Internet tubes is:
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Ancient Fear
Hmm, what do you think about that one? It could very well be the working title, with the play on words between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Ancient Fear. Get it? New – Ancient, Hope – Fear. It’s a good reminder to those working on the film to remember the past while bringing about the future of the franchise.
But will that working title be the actual subtitle for release? Those subtitles can really give away the direction of the film and we all know that J.J.Abrams is all about keeping that from audiences until the last moment. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, went through production using the working title Blue Harvest: Horror Beyond Imagination so there is a history of changing titles there.
The same source from AICN, that brought us this working subtitle also had some thoughts about how that working title refers to Max Von Sydow‘s character in the film and that:
“it refers to Max Von Sydow’s villain who makes Pazuzu look like a pussy!”
I have to admit that when I first read that I thought, Who the hell is Pazuzu? Was that character in the expanded universe? After an exhaustive 2.5 minute Internet search, I’m guessing that the source is referring to Pazuzu, the ancient god of Babylonia.
Pazuzu is the demon of the southwest wind known for bringing famine during dry seasons, and locusts during rainy seasons. Pazuzu was said to be invoked in amulets, which combat the powers of his rival, the malicious goddess Lamashtu, who was believed to cause harm to mother and child during childbirth. Although Pazuzu is, himself, an evil spirit, he drives away other evil spirits, therefore protecting humans against plagues and misfortunes.
Lots of interesting things in that description and it is notable that Pazuzu was the demon that Max Von Sydow faced in The Exorcist:
So if this is just a play on words until the actual title is revealed, what could it mean? It does set Van Sydow’s character firmly in the Dark Side camp. Whether he is a Sith or something even worse remains to be seen.
It was inevitable that once the cast had been confirmed that photo shoppers and those with an artistic bent would jump quickly to make new mock-up posters for the film. Right out of the gate is MTV with this mock-up that includes the announced cast members and what they might look like.
It’s not bad, but some of those do look like their heads are removable with just a quick twist.
Last, but not least is some bits from Star Wars Rebels and how it connects, or sets up Star Wars: Episode VII – The Ancient Fear.
Before I go much farther, I’d like to note that this information comes from John Morton. He played Dak in The Empire Strikes Back and did some stand in for Boba Fett. He is credited with saying that great Fett line, “He’s no good to me dead.”
Now I can’t find any official connections between Morton and Rebels. He isn’t on the IMDB page in any capacity, but he could know people who are, so take this all with a grain of salt and know that at best, its second hand information.
It’s already been announced that Rebels will be considered canon for the franchise and Morton had some thoughts on how the two connect.
Rebels is the key. Rebels will provide the link to bring in the continuity from Clone Wars, the Original Trilogy and the Prequels to enable LucasFilm and Disney to tee-up ‘Episode VII’. If you want my informed opinion, it will enable ‘Episode VII’ to leapfrog over the whole trilogy.
The key that is going to make this work is Rebels. Rebels will set up and point the direction for ‘Episode VII’.
The characters they are creating in Rebels will be around in ‘Episode VII’.
While some of this might be true, there have been no announced crossover characters from the animated series to the big screen. The best bet, if any of the Rebels characters were to make a screen appearance would be the Droid Chopper. What do you think? Would J.J. Abrams commit to a character that hasn’t undergone some testing with fans?